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Quinte's Premier School of Music for over 25 Years!

Pinnacle Music School is one of the largest Music schools in Eastern Ontario and the largest in the quinte area. Our teachers are dedicated, qualified Music teachers whoes goal is to instill a love of music in each student as well as promote musical excellence in whatever instrument they choose.

Pinnacle Music Studios has been operating as a highly regarded business in Downtown Belleville for over 25 years. It was started by Janet and Ken Harnden at 214 Pinnacle Street then they moved to its current location at 261 Front Street.

Ken and Janet Harnden

The main floor at 261 Front was the retail department that sold sheet music, musical instruments, accessories and in particular, pianos & keyboards. A distinguishing feature of Pinnacle Music was that it was the only authorized dealer of Yamaha Pianos in Eastern Ontario. Pinnacle Music Studios has been awarded the Readers Choice Favorite Music Store Award the past 17 years and in 2005 was awarded Business Of The Year – Retail at Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards.

Apart from the main floor retail activities, the entire second floor of 261 Front Street had been and continues to be a teaching studio comprising of 10 individual teaching rooms and a large waiting area. The staff at the teaching studio has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its professionalism and experience, devoted to teaching more than 500 local families downtown at the studio each week.

In summer of 2020, Janet and Ken closed the retail business. “The success of Pinnacle Music Studios would not have been possible without this incredible community we are so proud to be a part of.”

Since then, the Pinnacle teachers have continued to teach from the second-floor teaching studios of 261 Front Street.

Regarding the future, we are pleased to announce that Pinnacle Music School has moved to 360 Pinnacle Street, in partnership with the Empire Theatre Group. The building is easy to spot on Pinnacle Street as it is called “The Pinnacle”. A large purpose-built music teaching facility has been constructed with over 16 large teaching studios, complete with a performace hall for recitals and events for our students.

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